Fabulous, Stupendous, Astonishing, Unforgettable: ICE LAKE BASIN!!!

This weekend is reserved for members of Christian Hikers who love waterfalls, appreciate wildflowers growing five feet tall, and wilderness so stunning it brings joy to your heart and a lump to your throat.  It's a taste of heaven to whet our appetites. Bring plenty of memory on your sd card. And put sunscreen on your tonsils so they won't burn when your mouth is agape at the beauty. What a way to celebrate our nation, and worship our Lord in his creation! I  took this hike a couple years ago with someone who said, "I'm just not that into waterfalls." I still lol, because they are everywhere, including an angular waterfall, which I had never seen before.

 

Thursday July 4:  Drive to Silverton eight hours/eat dinner/watch fireworks off Kendall Mountain (obviously a really cool mountain). Car camp/camp at trailhead.

Friday:  Backpack in strenuous four miles into Ice lake, set up camp. Camp that night at the lake.

Those who want to climb 13er mountains will do so Friday.

Saturday:  Hike 13ers: TBD by hiking participants. All hikes are class three scrambles, with some class four/five. Some snow climbs. MUST be experienced to participate in the summit 13er hikes. None of them are beginner, none of them are training hikes.  If you have to ask....well.... However, ANYONE who is an experienced backpacker is welcome on the approach and camp at Ice Lake! There are plenty of small hike/exploring opportunities around the lake and valley. It's an amazing opportunity. 5280 Magazine had this on it's cover as the prettiest lake in Colorado. I haven't been to all our lakes, but I can say it's the prettiest lake I've been to in my %#^@& years as a Colorado native.

Sat camp again

Sunday : Hike back out, drive eight hours home.

The cost for gas, up and back to Silverton, is $80 a person, paid to the driver in cash, at the START of the carpool. It's 800 miles, and that is .10 a mile. Or the driver can accept .30 a mile divided by the participants in the car, which with four, will come to only $60 per rider. So there is the incentive to carpool.  Our drivers won't be short changed. It you don't have it, you're not riding.  I hate to sound like a bully on this, but tragically, the most problems I've had are with Christians, not the secular hikers I hike with.But you have been told in advance, to give you time to have a bake sale.

 

Oh yes, and it's the San Juans...it WILL RAIN! All that greenery, flowers, and waterfalls are the affect from the cause.

 

But this will truly be a stellar trip!! Looking forward to it!

 

 

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  • Dave H.

    Great Pictures Em except who was that roundish old guy?

    July 22, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Oh my gosh, is this what I think it is, Emily was found and somebody got ahold of her phone and uploaded all of the photos. I am truly relieved that the pictures, oh excuse me that Emily was found safely. LOLOLOL!!! Thanks Em

    July 22, 2013

  • Johnny

    Are you sure she returned from the mtns? Try calling NSA. Snowden might have some info but he's in Russia.

    July 19, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Okay, who in the military do we notify? I think Emily has been kidnapped or has been moved up to the front line on a secret mission. No pictures and no word. Very mysterious.

    July 19, 2013

  • phillip k.

    I must have missed seeing the island!

    July 12, 2013

  • phillip k.

    Thanks for organizing this amazing trip, Kendall. I will leave with fond memories of Colorado and a longing to return!

    July 10, 2013

    • Kendal U.

      Major, you must not have gotten the memo that we all voted to keep you here. Next time, Elk hunting! I'm game! (Wait, I can't use that phrase when someone is in hunting mode).

      July 11, 2013

    • phillip k.

      Well, I think you'd be safe if last hunting season was any indication of future performance

      July 12, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Okay Joan, Emily has had enough days to get her internet up and post her pictures. Would you call her and say please!!!!???!!! How crazy is it when a military tech person can't get her own tech up and running! LOL

    1 · July 10, 2013

    • Kendal U.

      At least now we know what dept. took the hits from the military cutbacks

      July 10, 2013

  • Johnny

    Dave - I love your quote below. Can I steal your quote for my facebook junkie friends?

    July 9, 2013

    • Dave H.

      Sure brother you may quote me for God's Glory!

      July 9, 2013

  • Johnny

    Kendal/Dave: Glad you enjoyed the pics. I enjoyed taking them. I came home with over 600 pics so it took awhile to pick through them.

    July 9, 2013

  • Johnny

    Kendal: Thank you so much for putting this together. Harry and I had a great time. I love the San Juans. It's the prettiest part of the state in my opinion. We are so blessed to live in Colorado.

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Kendal U.

    Joan: Why on earth would I deprive everyone of the levity and amazement of the precarious balancing act Dave helped you and Emily exhibit with the external placement of all your pack contents? I know you'll keep backpacking with us, so
    I immediately went out and invested in Bungee Cords INC.
    I am so glad you decided to go with us...even if just for our divine appointment to pray for Justin...we'll see the ending to that story some day. I did, however, change my contact lens case. I painted pink spots on it.

    July 9, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Johnny those pictures really are quality especially on US Grant. In fact you have convinced me based on the angles that make the dangerous side of mountain climbing so real that I am never leaving my front room again. LOL

    July 9, 2013

  • Kendal U.

    Johnny: AMAZING!!!!!! Your sacrificial pre-dawn sojourns for photo ops are a tremendous blessing for all of us! THANK you, to our "team photographer".

    July 8, 2013

  • Debra

    Well, I am not as eloquent as Dave, all I can say is it was a fabulous, awesome trip. I'm glad I was able to be there and get to know more of my brothers and sisters in the Lord. I had a great time and look forward to the next trip! Dave - your photos are tremendous, thanks for sharing them!

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • Kendal U.

    I also finished reading the comment cards from the lobby suggestion box. Glad you were happy with your lake side room with a view. Remember, next time, $10 gets the waterfall view upgrade. You were also voted "Most likely to be swarmed on at 5 AM for coffee and conversation". I was voted "Most likely to be eaten first in a survival situation". I don't know what I ever do......??? :)

    July 8, 2013

  • Kendal U.

    Thank you Dave....I couldn't have said it better. I know I spent the days repeating the phrase "And heaven is BETTER than this...it's MORE! To quote the song, "I've tasted and I've seen". I almost felt like I couldn't handle anymore beauty or laugh any harder because I'd used up my life's quota in a few days. God is sooooo good. We did experience him in his glory through his people and his playground he created for us. Wow.

    July 8, 2013

  • Dave H.

    There are few times when the circumstances God places you in, the people you are with, the majesty of God's creation and the Presence of God meet at the same moment, but this weekend was a taste of God's sweetness in all of them. God literally was everywhere and being shocked continuously does not properly describe it. What is clear though is that what we all felt was God's nearness and fellowship in every detail. If you take that away, every beautiful moment dries up. God gave us a taste of heaven and the tears have not stopped because of it. Thank you Father !!!!!!

    2 · July 8, 2013

  • Dave H.

    10 stars, five is far too few!!!!!!!!

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • Johnny

    Harry and I will be driving on our own. Maybe we'll you on the trail.

    July 3, 2013

  • phillip k.

    Will we need a 4 WD vehicle to drive to the trail head? If not, I'll need to catch a ride. Thanks.

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I would like to go on this trip but I have to work Friday. Just a thought... I have driven people before many times & helped people move, too ( i have a truck). I choose to not expect people to pay me. I know it is right for people to properly compensate people, and that the human heart is to hold onto money & not pay. I leave this with God, and trust Him. If I get short changed I let Him take up His own cause. He is my purse bearer. Some people have been stingy with money (as I typically can be in my heart of hearts) - some people ignore the issue & skirt off scott-free, some people give generously; some give just what they used... the bottom line for me is that although I use discernment & discretion, I choose to not expect it & allow people to know they are more important than the money. I do believe in accountability. I believe more deeply in unconditional love. It is a ministry for me. Kathleen

    June 29, 2013

    • Kendal U.

      Great! Than whenever you drive you'll have the longest line of people wanting to ride with you....however for the rest of the drivers, it' s my duty to see that their cost of gas is shared. A member just forwarded me a link where a tour company is charging $750.00 per person to do this trip. I haven't had a single complaint from any participants about the policy of reimbursement for gas. In fact just the opposite. One driver can now go specifically because she is not having to shoulder the financial burden 100%. But we are all in different income categories. Glad you are blessed.

      June 29, 2013

  • Amy

    Let me know if later basin is a go--i want to!!!

    June 27, 2013

  • Mollybeth L.

    I'm still hoping a spot open's up and have asked for the time off from work. This look's like an amazing trip & looking forward to it :)

    June 11, 2013

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